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Chicago Gourmet 2013 September 27-29

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Chicago Gourmet, presented by Bon Appétit, is a celebration of food and wine showcasing more than 100 of Chicago’s finest restaurants and chefs, as well as hundreds of renowned vintners, spirit makers, and premium breweries from around the world. Guests enjoy dozens of live cooking demonstrations, expert seminars, gourmet tastings, and book signings by internationally renowned chefs, master sommeliers, and winemakers.

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Chicago Restaurant Week 2013 Feb 1-10

chicago_restaurant_weekBring your appetite for the sixth annual Chicago Restaurant Week and get an introduction into Chicago’s extraordinary culinary scene. Enjoy top fare at value pricing at more than 250 restaurants throughout the city and surrounding suburbs. This 10-day festival runs from February 1 through February 10 (2013) and will feature prix fixe menus starting at $22 for lunch and $33/$44 for dinner, excluding beverages, tax and gratuity.

See the Chicago Restaurant Week Restaurant List PDF or interactive list at ChooseChicago.com.

Ideal Date Night Cooking Classes at the Chopping Block: November

Again here I am STRONGLY encouraging you to try out one of the following Couple’s Nights at the Chopping Block. Two locations, one being in Lincoln Square and the other located in the Merchandise Mart, make it an easy date night to get to, no matter your location. Both are accessible via public transportation and we’ve never had issue finding near by parking in Lincoln Square.

Not only are you assured a delicious meal, you may:

  • Meet other couples.
  • Learn a new technique in the kitchen, or try a new food.
  • Challenge your partner with your knife skills and knowledge of all things culinary!
  • Impress, impress, impress.. both yourself and your date.

So here are your options for the month of November:

Couples Cooking: Fireside in Vermont

Bring a date and warm up with these cozy recipes.
Gruyere Cheese Fondue; Spinach Salad with Warm Maple Bacon Vinaigrette; Maple Glazed Salmon with Celery Root and Potato Hash; Pumpkin Donuts with Chocolate Sauce.

Date Night: Mambo Italiano

Authentic Italian cooking. Mamma mia!
White Bean and Sage Bruschetta; Porcini Mushroom and Herb Risotto; Eggplant Parmesan; Fresh Ricotta and Chocolate Filled Cannoli.

Wine and Dine

Have a blast learning fresh, new ways to make dinner fun!
Mushroom, Bacon and Goat Cheese Puff Pastry Tart; Herb Roasted Chicken with Caramelized Potatoes and Root Vegetables; Chocolate Ganache Tart with Fig Balsamic Glaze.
Two glasses of wine or beer per student are included in the price of the class. You must be 21 or over to attend.

As always take a look at their calendar and try something else that interests you as well. Make any cooking experience your ideal date night.

Free Scratch-to-Win Certificates for Chicago Area Lettuce Entertain You Restaurants

Zip over to LettuceScratchOff.com and fill out the form to get “Scratch-toWin certificates in the mail”.

You can save $10, $20, up to $25 on every visit to any of the follow Chicago-area Lettuce Entertain You restaurants. One lucky person will win a $1,000 gift card.

Your FREE Scratch-to-Win certificates will be mailed to your address, arriving within 10 business days!

Savor the Summer Scratch-to-Win

Some of the participating restaurants:
Scoozi, Pizzeria Via Stato, Hub 51, Brasserie Jo, Big Bowl Fresh Chinese and Thai, Reel Club, Wildfire Steaks, Chops & Seafood, Wow Bao, Mity nice Grill, Mon Ami Gabi, Osteria Via Stato, Frankie’s 5th Floor Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria, Joe’s Seafood Prime Steak & Stone Crab, Shaw’s Crab House, R.J. Grunts, Nacional 27, Maggiano’s Little Italy, M Burger, Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba Tapas, Pintxos & Paella, Petterino’s, Antico Posto, foodlife, Ben Pao, L. Woods Tap & Pine Lodge and DiPescara Fresh Seafood and Homemade Italian.

August Date Night Cooking Classes at the Chopping Block

Really any cooking class at the Chopping Block could be a great opportunity for an enjoyable Date Night ( short of maybe the Sunday morning ‘Tater Tots’ class ) but the following three speak specifically to the couple seeking a romantic, maybe challenging, definitely entertaining experience together:

Outdoor Class: Romantic Dining al Fresco

Enjoy a fabulous dinner in style on our outdoor patio while enjoying the sounds of the Lincoln Square Thursday night summer concert series!
Shrimp Ceviche with Grilled Vegetable Salsa; Grilled Beef Tenderloin with Grilled Asparagus and Herb Butter; Fresh Corn Polenta; Lemon Cake with Warm Blueberry Sauce and Whipped Cream.

Date Night: ¡Olé!

Have fun while cooking an assortment of authentic Spanish snacks.
Tortilla Española with Aioli; Albondigas (Spanish Meatballs); Seafood Paella; Banana and Cajeta Empanadas.

Couples Cooking: Under the Tuscan Moon

Come learn how to create the zesty, soul-satisfying cuisine of Italy.
Heirloom Tomato Caprese Salad with Basil, Crispy Prosciutto and Extra Virgin Olive Oil; Handmade Fettuccine with Grilled Shrimp, Portobellos and Garlic; Plum and Apricot Crostata.

Classes are available at both the Lincoln Square and Merchandise Mart locations for approximately $140 per couple. Definitely worth the dollars you spend and you will find yourselves well fed. Click here for the August Class Calendar.

Taste of Chicago Musical Excellence

Pick a night any night, this is the week for it. The Taste of Chicago is the place to be. Take your lady and enjoy all the city has to offer for food and entertainment. Here’s the Musical Line up for the week.

Petrillo Music Shell Schedule for Taste of Chicago

The line up at the Taste of Chicago Petrillo Music Shell pays tribute to 30 years of FREE top National entertainment spanning last three decades.

Friday, June 25, 2010 – Presented by the City of Chicago and V103

* V103 Rap Down Rewind
* Rob Base, Slick Rick, Doug E. Fresh,
* Salt-n-Pepa
* Bell Biv Devoe
* 5:30 pm

Saturday, June 26, 2010

* Gavin Rossdale
* Band From TV (opening act)
* 5:30 pm

Sunday, June 27, 2010 – Presented by the City of Chicago and Radio Disney

* Emily Osment
* Allstar Weekend (opening act)
* 3:00 pm

Monday, June 28, 2010 – Presented by the City of Chicago and Broadway In Chicago

* Broadway In Chicago
* 6:00 pm

Tuesday, June 29, 2010 – Presented by the City of Chicago

* Los Lobos
* Los Lonely Boys (co-headliner)
* 5:30 pm

Wednesday, June 30, 2010 – Presented by the City of Chicago

* Mat Kearney
* Brett Dennen (opening act)
* 5:30 pm

Thursday, July 1, 2010 – Presented by the City of Chicago and WGCI

* Trey Songz
* Teairra Mari (opening act)
* 5:30 pm

Friday, July 2, 2010 – Presented by the City of Chicago and Bud Light

* Rob Thomas
* 5:30 pm

Saturday, July 3, 2010 – Presented by the City of Chicago and 97.1FM The Drive

* Steve Miller Band
* 3:00 pm

Sunday, July 4, 2010 – Presented by the City of Chicago and 93XRT

* Passion Pit
* Robert Randolph and The Family Band
* Alejandro Escovedo
* Carney (opening act)
* 12:00 pm

Dates: Jun 25, 2010 – Jul 4, 2010

Petrillo Music Shell
Jackson & Columbus Dr.
Chicago, IL 60604
Admission: FREE

Website: For additional information please visit, http://www.tasteofchicago.us

Accessibility: The following services are available for persons with disabilities:

* Accessible entrance(s)
* Accessible washroom(s)
* Assistive listening devices provided
* Accessible seating area available

For more information call 312.744.3316

CTAPublic Transportation: For travel information, visit www.transitchicago.com

Parking: If you are driving, park directly under the action in Millennium Garages. Visit www.millenniumgarages.com for details.

Biking: Bike parking is available on the perimeter of Grant and Millennium Parks. Visit the Chicago Bicycle Program for maps, safety, and other information.

source: Explore Chicago